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WCU Facts

West Chester University: Vital Stats

  • The fourth largest university in the Philadelphia region.
  • The largest of the 14 universities in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.
  • Organized into five Colleges:
    • College of Arts and Humanities
    • College of Business and Public Management
    • College of Education and Social Work
    • College of Health Sciences
    • College of the Sciences and Mathematics
  • More than 118 undergraduate, 91 master’s degree programs, and 4 doctoral programs taught by 767 full-time and 163 part-time faculty.
  • Classes offered Fall and Spring semesters, accelerated Summer and Winter sessions, in Center City Philadelphia, and online.


  • Approximately 16,611 degree seeking students: 2,385 graduate and 14,226 undergraduate. (Fall 2015)
  • Students primarily come from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland.
  • Students come from 35 different states and 74 different countries.
  • The undergraduate student body is 60% female, 40% male and 18% students of color.


  • Founded: 1871
  • Nickname: Golden Rams
  • Colors: Purple and Gold
  • Mascot: Rammy

Official Name Changes

  • 1871 - West Chester State Normal School
  • 1927 - West Chester State Teachers College
  • 1960 - West Chester State College
  • 1983 - West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Student Life

  • In 2015-16, WCU students contributed more than 900,000 hours of volunteer and community service to 200+ non-profit and governmental agencies.
  • More than 225 student clubs and organizations.
  • WCU sponsors one of the largest varsity programs in NCAA Division II with 24 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports.
  • 23 registered sports clubs from bowling and fencing to ultimate Frisbee and water polo. Intramural sports are also offered, and include flag football and indoor volleyball.
  • 13 undergraduate residence facilities located on North and South campus offer a choice of suite-style, apartments, and traditional-style living.
  • Approximately 93% of the University’s freshmen live on campus.

Campus Profile

  • 406-acre campus.
  • Located 25 miles west of Philadelphia in West Chester, PA.
  • A 10-minute walk "uptown" is historic West Chester, offering small-town charm with cosmopolitan flair and unique shops, restaurants, and festivals.
  • The academic quad is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings included in this historic district are Philips Memorial Building, Ruby Jones Hall, Recitation Hall and the Old Library.
  • WCU South Campus
    Located less than one mile from North Campus, South Campus includes the College of Health Sciences, athletic fields, tennis courts, Farrell Stadium, Graham Natatorium swimming pool, 100-acre Gordon Natural Area, and student residential facilities.
  • WCU Graduate Center
    1160 McDermott Drive
    West Chester, PA 19382
    Located less than five miles from North Campus, the Graduate Center houses the Edward Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center and two of the College of Business and Public Management's graduate programs: the master’s in business administration and the master’s in public administration.
  • WCU Philadelphia Location
    Philadelphia Multi-University Center Mellon Independence Center
    701 Market Street, Concourse Level
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Since 2013, WCU has offered graduate and undergraduate programs at the Philadelphia location. Classes are mainly scheduled in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate working professionals.


  • The University's business programs hold prestigious international accreditation from the Association to Advance Schools of Business.
  • The College of Education programs also have the highest accreditation in the field.
  • The Honors College is unique for its strong service component.
  • Music has been taught at the University since its founding in 1871. Today, West Chester is among only 125 colleges and universities in the United States with “all-Steinway” designation.
  • The Frederick Douglass Institute commemorates the intellectual heritage of Frederick Douglass, the former slave, distinguished orator, journalist, author, and statesman, who was a frequent visitor to the West Chester area, and who gave his last public lecture on West Chester’s campus on Feb. 1, 1895. Among other activities, the Institute helps to advance multicultural studies across the curriculum.
  • WCU has won the Dixon Trophy 3 out of the last 4 academic years. The Dixon Trophy is handed out to the top overall athletic program in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).

Select Rankings

  • Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges & Universities, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • Top 100 (Regional Universities North), U.S. News & World Report
  • 2013 Best Colleges (Regional Universities North), U.S. News & World Report
  • The Community Engagement Classification for Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships, The Carnegie Foundation (2010)
  • 2005 - 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, Corporation for National & Community Service

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